The Last "Mohican"?

Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Wed Aug 10 18:51:21 UTC 2005

On Aug 10, 2005, at 12:01 PM, Mark A. Mandel wrote:

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> Poster:       "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: The Last "Mohican"?
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> WILSON writ:
> Am I the last person to maintain the distinction between "perfect
> passive participles" and adjectives derived therefrom? For example,
> I've heard tigers, zebras, crosswalks, and streets with painted
> lane-separations, etc., etc. all described as [straipt]. I make the
> following distinction: if an object has had stripes added to it, then
> it's [straipt]; if an object naturally has stripes, either of genetic
> origin or added as part of the manufacturing process, then it's
> [straipId]. Hence,  roadways that have had crosswalks lane-separations,
> bike lanes, or other such-like stripings added to them are [straipt].
> But zebras, tigers, the shirts of athletic officials, etc. are
> [straipId].
> I also distinguish between "loved [l^vd] by" and "beloved [bIl^vId] of"
> and a few others, like "alleged."
> <<<
> I'm less complete than you, but for one name "strip[@]d" is fixed in my
> mind: Daniel Striped Tiger, from MisteRogers' [of bless[I]d memory]
> Neighborhood.
> -- Mark
>    (by hand)

Interesting! For me, the tiger is the epitome of [straipId], beating
out "zebra."


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